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An injury to a part of the body
“A muscle strain occurs from overexertion and may result in a stretch or tear of the muscle fibers.”
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A force tending to pull or stretch something to an extreme or damaging degree
“Electronic equipment must be designed to withstand the physical strain of centrifugal force.”
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A state of mental tension or anxiety
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“The vast majority are well adapted to civil life but capable only to a limited degree of enduring the strain of warfare.”
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A particular breed, stock, or variety of something
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“A given strain of the organism is not good or poor in an absolute sense, but only relative to the other factors which affect the relationship.”
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A person's ancestry or line of descent
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“He is of a noble strain, of approved valor.”
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A particular tendency as part of a person's character
“The locals return the affection with an unexpected strain of patriotism and traditionalism.”
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A particular style or manner (of doing or being something)
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“His tiresome comic routine continued in the same strain for over an hour.”
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A state of fatigue or tiredness
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“He crashed into his bed, hoping a good night's sleep would ease the strain of a hard day's work.”
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A small amount of something
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“There is a strain of sadness in this account because it is suffused with nostalgia for a time when this really was a kinder, gentler nation.”
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The sound of a piece of music
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“To the front came the cowgirls, riding to the strain of martial music.”
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A person or thing that causes annoyance or difficulty
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The state of being anxious and troubled over actual or potential problems
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Physical or mental effort
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A theme or characteristic running throughout a situation or piece of writing
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A group of persons associated with a nation, class, or ethnic group
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The consequences or negative results of a thing or event
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A strained political or social state
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A physical injury
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The characteristic of being ridiculous
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A consanguineous or family relationship through parentage or descent
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Initialism of repetitive strain injury
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The act by which one strains
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The unpleasant sensation arising from an ache or pain
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A liquid obtained by infusing
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A quality or characteristic of a specified kind in the character of someone or something
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Possession of a similar meaning through paraphrasing
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A warbling sound or utterance
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An element that forms part of a complex whole
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Emotional pain or distress
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Great forcefulness or intensity of feeling or expression
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The grip of a tyre on a road or a wheel on a rail
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A hard or sudden pull
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A particular way of thinking, influenced by a person's profession or environment
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To (excessively) exert oneself for a particular task, purpose or goal
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“Even so, if either Calais or Boulogne were in danger, the Queen would strain herself to send them such help as the times would permit.”
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To make an unusually great effort
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“She was, unfortunately, nearsighted and had to strain to see the blackboard.”
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To make excessive demands on
“It became evident at an early stage that the stricter car emission requirements would strain the availability of rhodium.”
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To pull or elongate a stretchable object
“It feels like two and a half hours spent watching someone see how far they can strain an elastic band without breaking it.”
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To pass (something) through a sieve or filter
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Strain the mixture through a fine-meshed sieve and discard the solids.”
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To ooze, or pass slowly through pores or other small openings
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“The karstic area also enables water to strain through the cracks of the rocks.”
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To injure (a limb, muscle, or organ) by overexerting it
“But alas, in practice they are usually so huge that you inevitably strain a minor muscle or two moving your arm to look at the data.”
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To pull or push forcibly at something
“Stryker continued to strain at the chain, growling and barking in a rage.”
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To clasp (someone or each other) in the arms
“She opened her arms as if to seize him and strain him to her breast with wild angry passion.”
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To cause mental distress to
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“My heart was beating fast, and the anxiety would strain me for the rest of the day.”
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To move past someone or something with force
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To draw or make tight or taut
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To overexert oneself
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To use, empty or drain completely
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Give a false or misleading account of the nature of
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To stretch out an arm in a specified direction in order to touch or grasp something
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To hear with attention, obedience, or compliance
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To greatly emphasize a point or issue
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To exert for the sake of training, especially in fields requiring toughness or discipline
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To put down or control by cruelty or force
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To struggle for breath
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